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The Lighthorsemen (1987)

PG | | Drama, War | 8 April 1988 (USA)
In 1917 when the British forces are bogged down in front of the Turkish and German lines in Palestine they rely on the Australian light horse regiment to break the deadlock.

Director:

Simon Wincer

Writer:

Ian Jones
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Phelps ... Dave Mitchell
Nick Waters Nick Waters ... Lighthorse Sergeant
John Larking John Larking ... Station Master
John Heywood John Heywood ... Dave's Dad
Di O'Connor Di O'Connor ... Dave's Mum
Shane Briant ... Reichert
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Gen. Friedrich von Kressenstein
Bill Kerr ... Gen. Sir Harry Chauvel
Grant Piro Grant Piro ... Charlie
Tony Bonner ... Col. Murray Bourchier
Serge Lazareff Serge Lazareff ... Rankin
Gary Sweet ... Frank
John Walton John Walton ... Tas
Tim McKenzie Tim McKenzie ... Chiller
Jon Blake Jon Blake ... Scotty
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Storyline

Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne... The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do you attack across a desert without water? Written by David Stanko

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Taglines:

A true story of war, love and courage. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jinetes de leyenda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,645, 10 April 1988, Limited Release
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The picture's theatrical 35 mm release print was approved on 23rd July 1987. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Hey, Scotty, you're not Scotch, are you?
Scotty: No.
Dave: Then, why do they call you Scotty?
[Scotty thinks]
Scotty: Cause I'm Irish.
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Alternate Versions

The English cut in the UK reportedly ran about thirteen minutes less than the Australian release. See more »


Soundtracks

AUSTRALIA WILL BE THERE
Music and lyrics by W.W. 'Skipper' Francis
By Arrangement with Allans Music (Australia) Pty. Limited
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Slow at first, incredibly intense at the end.
6 August 2004 | by cannibalchuckSee all my reviews

This movie also has to go on my "desert island" list. What most people will say is that the first hour is about as exciting as watching paint dry, which is true to a point. But wars are often played like chess, and if you don't know the board you'll never understand the game. It's therefore necessary, though somewhat tedious, to show the situation, terrain, weather, and overall political climate to get to the historical charge. The Germans are played perhaps a little too stiffly, and the one Aussie who couldn't shoot a human and became a medic was perhaps given a little too much screen time. As for the charge itself, you can hear your heart beating faster as you literally smell the sweat from the horses. The two-mile charge against an entrenched enemy supported with machine gun, razor wire, and cannon is intense beyond words, and stands as some of the most awesome cinematography I've ever seen. Actual casualty stats are listed, which are surprisingly low. As for how the horses were handled, not one was injured-a feat you'll scarcely believe after having seen the charge. The Lighthorsemen, unlike Gallipoli, is well worth a look. -Chuck


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